The Social Network’s Unforgettable Opening Scene

“Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?”

The first line of David Fincher’s The Social Network starts at the 16 second mark, just as the Columbia Pictures logo rolls, and just as we slowly fade into the middle of Mark Zuckerberg and Erica Albright’s whirlwind date. (Whirlwind as in the speed at which they talk, NOT that they’re “in love.”) Where are we? In a bar. When are we? Boston 2003, at the intersection of Harvard and – as far as the tech-wunderkind Zuckerberg is concerned – the rest of the world. Continue reading

Current Generation Consoles, Ranked

The dawn of the next generation of console gaming is here! Both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 are launching this week, though, from the looks of it on social media, it seems EVERYBODY has already gotten theirs except me. 😭

2020, frankly, has been a total downer of a year. Which is why I’m celebrating every minute of this next-gen rollout. I’m currently debating which console I’m treating myself to first— not just a matter of preference, but also getting a read on where my friends list is flocking.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Just before we herald in the new gaming era, I’m taking one last look back on the current generation. Seeing as the next-gen launch slate is a little bare, I know this isn’t exactly the end for the Xbox One or PS4 just yet. But for the rest of us eager to make that sweet upgrade, we’ve certainly begun phasing ’em out. As a final salute, here is my ranking of the current generation consoles. Continue reading

‘Insidious’ – Revisiting James Wan’s Haunted Funhouse

“It’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s your son.”

Boy, do I love a subversive spin.

In the wealth of modern horror movies, a film like Insidious seems rather tame especially when stacked against director James Wan’s far superior movie, The Conjuring. But Insidious remains a unique gem because the horror genre at the time was, to put it bluntly, pretty fucking WEAK. Continue reading